Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (2024)

Staying healthy doesn't have to mean skipping sweets. These low-sugar desserts allow you to enjoy all your favorites—chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, pie, and more—all for 10 grams of sugar or less per serving. Whether they contain reduced sugar or naturally sweet ingredients, these healthy desserts taste indulgent without a high sugar count.

01of 16

Easy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (1)

Grams of sugar: 8

A low-sugar dessert that also happens to be gluten-free? Absolutely! The 3-ingredient recipe only requires peanut butter, sugar, and an egg for freshly baked cookies that taste just like the classic you know and love.

18 Gluten-Free Desserts That Are Seriously Delicious

02of 16

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (2)

Grams of Sugar: 7

Beans in brownies? Stick with us here. Blending black beans with applesauce and chopped chocolate leaves any trace of bean flavor behind. The result is a healthy, low-sugar dessert that tastes rich and fudgy while boosting fiber.

03of 16

Key Lime Mason Jar Cheesecakes

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (3)

Grams of Sugar: 8

The secret to our tangy low-sugar dessert filling? Reduced-fat cream cheese, key lime juice (plus zest!), and frozen whipped topping. Pour the ultra-smooth fluff over our easy graham cracker crust, then garnish with key lime slices for lip-puckering appeal. Make the mini desserts in jars to tote to picnics.

04of 16

Reduced-Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (4)

Grams of Sugar: 5

Are you ever going to pass up a chocolate chip cookie? Probably not. Our Test Kitchen slightly tweaked our classic recipe to only call for ½ cup of sugar versus the usual 1½ cups. It's still sweet and satisfying without the sugar rush.

Our Test Kitchen's Top Substitutes for Chocolate of Every Type

05of 16

Cherry-Almond Half-Moons

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (5)

Grams of Sugar: 5

These adorable treats achieve just the right amount of sweetness due to a filling of cherry preserves. You won't be able to get over the flaky cookie exterior made with cream cheese and butter.

06of 16

Banana Ice Cream

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (6)

Grams of Sugar: 10

A creamy, easy low-sugar dessert is just a blender and three ingredients away. Ripe bananas, coconut milk, and vanilla combine for a low-sugar frozen treat.

07of 16

Dessert Pizza with Banana Ice Cream

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (7)

Grams of Sugar: 9

Take that banana ice cream and smother it over a cocoa-cereal crust. Top with your favorite fruits for a stunning low-sugar dessert pizza. It's definitely going to disappear before it melts.

08of 16

Apple-Maple Snack Cake

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (8)

Grams of Sugar: 9

Instead of a blondie, try this spiced low-sugar dessert that boasts apple chunks and sliced almonds. With only a handful of pantry ingredients added to the mix, you'll have this apple dessert baking in just 15 minutes. It's an easy low-sugar dessert when you're craving a fall treat and don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

21 Healthy Fall Dessert Recipes to Wrap up Your Meal in Cozy Style

09of 16

Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (9)

Grams of Sugar: 8

These frozen pops are perfect for when you're in the mood for something sweet but refreshing. Fresh pineapple (this is key, as the canned versions have added sugars) and mint leaves give the treats their flavor.

10of 16

Peach Air-Fryer Hand Pies

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (10)

Grams of Sugar: 10

Grab a refrigerated pie crust and a few peaches on your next grocery run to make this low-sugar dessert recipe. The best part about these portable pies is that you don't have to turn on the oven, as they're cooked to perfection using your air fryer.

11of 16

Easy Spiced Pastries

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (11)

Grams of Sugar: 1

Packaged pie crust, butter, brown sugar, and pumpkin spice make up these irresistible low-sugar desserts. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dressed-up dough into perfect little squares.

Where Does Pumpkin Spice Come From?

12of 16

Low-Sugar Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (12)

Grams of Sugar: 7

Unsweetened applesauce, mini chocolate chips, and just a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar are all it takes to sweeten this low-sugar dessert. Shredded zucchini in the batter keeps the muffins moist while boosting your fiber intake. It'll make a perfect breakfast or after-dinner sweet.

13of 16

Lady Locks

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (13)

Grams of Sugar: 9

You can make flaky, bakery-quality pastries at home thanks to frozen puff pastry dough. We'll walk you through everything you need to make this low-sugar dessert at home including our recipe for fluffy vanilla bean pastry cream.

14of 16

Ruby Red Grapefruit Shortbread Cookies

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (14)

Grams of Sugar: 4

A full tablespoon of grapefruit zest in the dough gives this low-sugar dessert a burst of citrusy flavor. Ground ginger adds spice and balances the bitterness of the fruit. Dunk each cookie in a sweet grapefruit glaze and sprinkle with pink sanding sugar before serving.

15of 16

"Fried" Ice Cream Truffles

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (15)

Grams of Sugar: 7

This take on classic fried ice cream is made with toasted panko bread crumbs rather than frying in oil. Choose your favorite ice cream to form the filling and roll in the cinnamon coating. Stash this low sugar dessert in the freezer for any time you need a sweet treat.

16of 16

Gluten Free Coconut Cream and Pineapple Cream Puffs

View Recipe

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (16)

Grams of Sugar: 6

Grill the pineapple before adding it to this cream puff recipe. This extra step helps caramelize the fruit's natural sugars. The fluffy coconut cream filling includes just three tablespoons of sugar.

Cutting Back on Sugar? Try One of These 16 Delicious Dessert Recipes (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Nicola Considine CPA

Last Updated:

Views: 6153

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (69 voted)

Reviews: 92% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Nicola Considine CPA

Birthday: 1993-02-26

Address: 3809 Clinton Inlet, East Aleisha, UT 46318-2392

Phone: +2681424145499

Job: Government Technician

Hobby: Calligraphy, Lego building, Worldbuilding, Shooting, Bird watching, Shopping, Cooking

Introduction: My name is Nicola Considine CPA, I am a determined, witty, powerful, brainy, open, smiling, proud person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.